May 27, 2024

Six Baguio elderlies will receive the TALA Leadership Award on Monday in one of the culminating events of the 46th Silahis ng Pasko project.

A journalist, an artist, a businessman, a former Gintong Alay member, a former educator and a man involved in civic services will be this year’s TALA awardees during a simple ceremony on Monday at the Ridgewood Hotel.

The TALA awards is held with the Kislap (Kafagway/Kordillera International Sports Luminary Award Podium) for excelling athletes from Baguio and the region.

Mike del Rosario will be the TALA awardee for business. He belongs to a clan that runs the Sunshine Grocery, Dennis Anthony’s pharmacy, and the McDonalds franchise in Baguio and La Trinidad.

Veteran journalist Eliral Refuerzo will be the awardee for journalism. He is a former radio broadcaster who later started the Baguio Reporter where he was the publisher and editor.

Former University of the Cordilleras vice president for administration Leonarda Aguinalde is the lone female awardee as the former college professor was named TALA awardee for education.

Former Gintong Alay member Eduardo Laureano who went on to coach the University of Baguio athletics team before he was named athletic director of UB until his retirement two years ago is the TALA awardee for sports.  He is now the athletic director of the Cordillera Career Development College in la Trinidad, Benguet.

Former radio broadcaster Victorino Agcaoili who spent more than 20 years in the United States is this year’s awardee for civic services. He is the president of the Rotary Club of Baguio-North, but his work with the Bishop Carlito Cenzon Foundation as its president makes him stand out as they are behind the Bishop Cenzon Cup which raised a goodly sum to fund a small church in Buguias, Benguet. It will be the sixth church the organization will help fund.

Veteran artist Roland Bay-an will also receive an award as this year’s top artist of the city. An impressionist, he focuses on his Ibaloy roots where he tries to capture the Ibaloys of old in his works.  Bay-an is considered as one of the city’s masters in visual arts and is this year’s awardee after last year’s Benedicto Cabrera. 

The Kislap/TALA awards is the sixth event of the month long, seven event Silahis ng Pasko and it comes after the search for Lucky Christmas Baby and Lucky New year Baby. – Press release